The Anaheim Packing House Breathes New Life Into Downtown Anaheim

Posted: June 4, 2014 in Bar, Drinks, Events, Food, Orange County, Restaurant
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The city of Anaheim has really stepped up their game the past few years in regards to introducing new businesses and catering more to local independent businesses. While Anaheim still has some of the poorest pockets of Orange County, and Disney still practically controls Anaheim, many new ventures have come up recently, breathing new life into an area not usually thought of as a destination. The grand opening of the Anaheim Packing House this past weekend certainly has sounded out a statement that Anaheim can now stand toe to toe with other hip cities in Orange County such as Costa Mesa or Newport Beach. Located at the south end of the Anaheim Packing District, the Anaheim Packing House serves as a mini mall of food, libations, and music. Reminiscent of The OC Mix and The Camp in Costa Mesa, the Anaheim Packing House consists of two floors of vastly different businesses that all serve different types of food and/or drinks. A stairway in the middle that connects the two floors houses a platform suitable for an entertainment act to perform, such as music, comedy, or spoken word. Read on to explore and learn about the businesses at the Anaheim Packing House.

Immediately to the right of the second floor entrance, we find the Black Sheep Grilled Cheese Bar. Though not open yet, I imagine them making fancy grilled cheese sandwiches with artisanal breads and cheeses, and may add other things such as vegetables and meats.

In the middle of the second floor’s right side lies the Hammer Bar that guests can approach from any side. The Hammer Bar currently does not have a website.

At the back right corner, we find Adya, a restaurant serving Indian cuisine with modern western plating.

Next to Adya lies Orange Tei, a sushi and ramen bar.

At the center of the second floor’s back wall, we find Dark180, a chocolate beverage bar. Think espresso bar, but with hot chocolate using fair trade chocolate.

Split into two sides, The Chippy serves as the packing house’s obligatory fish grill.

The Iron Press has opened a new location here at the packing house, following their huge success in Costa Mesa. They still serve their full menu of waffle sandwiches, as well as their big list of craft beers.

Down at the end of the left side, Hans’ Homemade Ice Cream always has a long line. Who says no to all-natural hand-churned ice cream?

In the middle of the second floor’s left side, we have Lemon Drop, the obligatory juice bar.

Speaking of obligatory, over on the left lies the packing house’s espresso bar, Cafecito Organico.

With as long of a line as Hans, Pop Bar places the ice cream bar in your hand by allowing you to select the ice cream bar flavor and the toppings to dip or roll your bar in.

Immediately to the left of the second floor’s entrance, I found this neat little spread of books and other merchandise, operated by Seed People’s Market of Costa Mesa.

Moving down to the first floor, nothing really existed to the right side. To the immediate left of the first floor entrance, a closed off space for Sawleaf Café awaited.

When walking to the left side, guests will first see Buy N’ Bulk. Visitors of certain grocery stores like Sprouts or Whole Foods will recognize this – guests can purchase dried goods like nuts, candy, fruit, and more in quantities that they want.

Over on the left wall, we find The Kroft, one of the packing house’s resident gastropubs. Although not officially open for a few more weeks, I foresee great things from this place.

Just past The Kroft, the butchery Wheat & Sons allows guests to take home organic meats, or enjoy the food cooked there.

Across from Wheat & Sons, Crêpe Coop has yet to officially open. When they do open, they will serve crêpes, coffee, and tea.

Across from the first floor entrance lies a shabu-shabu place, Rolling Boil.

To the left of Rolling Boil lies a closed space reserved for Urbana. Urbana currently does not have a website.

Against the left wall of Rolling Boil, you would think you see mere decorations of the restaurant. This panel actually hides a door to the packing house’s speakeasy, The Blind Rabbit. Originally meant to remain a secret, the secret quickly got out to the masses, and everyone wanted to come in here to see the fuss about a speakeasy. Other than its secret entrance, it acts like a normal bar and serves regular drinks.

Other businesses not pictured:

  • Ecco Restaurant – allegedly somewhere on the second floor
  • Georgia’s Restaurant – a soul food restaurant on the left side of the second floor between Cafecito and Hans
  • K-BBQ – a Korean BBQ restaurant somewhere on the second floor
  • Kettlebar – a cajun/creole restaurant at the furthest left of the first floor

With all these great places nestled in one building, the Anaheim Packing House has turned into a place suitable to visit at any time of the day. Stop by one day and see for yourself how Anaheim does trendy.

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